Offshore Wind: 6 Technologies You Should Definitely Keep in Mind

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Over the past few years, the world has been witnessing a revolution happening along our coasts, as the number of offshore wind projects has been multiplying [Source: Netherlands Government website].

Offshore wind represents now a large section in the energy market that more and more players in the field are trusting, being a powerful and effective resource for the good of our economy and the health of our oceans. [Source].

Here in the Netherlands, for example, the Dutch national government is targeting to reach 14% of all energy used to come from renewable sources in 2020, and raised the bar further to minimum of 27% in 2030. In addition, our country is also dreaming big, aiming to achieve zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the energy supply by 2050. Keeping these goals in mind, Offshore wind is an important and unmissable resource  for meeting such objectives. 

In concrete terms, the plan until 2023 is to construct two wind farms in the Borssele Wind Farm Zone , each of them will have a minimum capacity of 0.7 GW. Besides, three wind farms are planned 18.5 km off the coast of the provinces of Zuid Holland and Noord Holland. This will be followed, between 2024 and 2030, by wind farms far out at sea to the west and north of the Netherlands in the following areas: the Hollandse Kust (west), Ten Noorden van de Waddeneilanden and IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zones. [Source].

According to a recent research from the Rhodium Group, extending the offshore wind investment tax credit through 2025 will help create more certainty in the market, which means a powerful push for the industry to invest in a strong domestic supply chain that will bring down costs and increase domestic manufacturing. [Source].

In spite of this great news, offshore wind energy operators are still facing stiff hurdles: the design, manufacture and operation of offshore wind assets have their own set of challenges including corrosion, fatigue, erosion, lightning strikes and biofouling.

Is the structure going to be sustainable enough? How can I deal with cargo loads and move them where needed? What about reliable measurements and trustworthy KPI? How do you ensure your data are reliable? How to protect man-made subsea assets whilst accelerating reef creation to enhance the marine environment?

Addressing these challenges and maintaining the operational availability of offshore wind turbines will become increasingly important as the reliance on offshore wind energy grows.  And there’s no question that technology & innovation plays a key role. That’s why we are glad to share with you our selection of technologies to keep in mind.

Indeed, At TechnologyCatalogue.com, we have made our mission to help companies find new technologies as easy as finding a restaurant. In addition, contributing to the energy transition is a pillar for our company. The Energy world is changing and we are proud to contribute to such a change! Why don’t you have a look at this selection of Technologies to address the above-mentioned challenges?

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Reef Cubes | The building blocks for the oceans

Reef Cubes are precast eco-friendly low CO2 concrete structures that protect man made subsea assets whilst accelerating reef creation to enhance the marine environment and leave a positive marine legacy. They are non-toxic, contain zero plastics and are made from 100% recycled materials supporting the circular economy.

Designed to be left in-situ forever, they are destined to become the defacto standard for protecting cables, pipelines and monopiles due to their life cycle cost saving and nature inclusive design benefits.

Reef Cubes

Reef Cubes

 

CARGO

E1000 & Atlas systems | Ampelmann’s fully motion compensated cargo solutions

High sea states, unpredictable weather and the sheer weight of cargo loads can pose serious challenges to operators in the Oil & Gas industry. Ampelmann’s offshore cargo solutions are fully motion compensated and designed to move small (100 kg, 400 kg) and large (up to 1 ton) loads, as well as stabilise cargo up to 65 ton.

The Ampelmann E1000 system can lift cargo loads of up to 1 ton in sea states as high as 4.5 m Hs. The switch between people and cargo transfer mode takes less than 1 minute.

The Atlas system, Ampelmann’s fully motion compensated lifting platform, enables transfers of delicate assets such as lifeboats and makes lifting and hoisting at sea safe, easy and efficient.

E1000 & Atlas systems

E1000 & Atlas systems

 

DATA

Vessel & Access System Performance Transparency | Custom-build measurement solution (By BMO Offshore)

This technology consists of custom-build software to trigger event-based measurements. Data is transmitted automatically to cloud-services, from where it is picked up by our own-developed analytics suite. This consists of automatic data quality checks, data improvement and data analysis algorithms, which transform the raw measurement data to useful statistics. In addition, it also comprises  innovative ways to generate and distribute reports automatically.

Capabilities: Video recording, daily reporting (pdf/e-mail/web-interface), display on board and engine monitoring.

Collaboration : OWA Sea trials support | Measurements and analysis

Impact : Maximize yield by providing strategy.

Vessel & Access System Performance Transparency

Vessel & Access System Performance Transparency

 

 

DESALINATION

FreshWaterMill | Freshwater and electricity with one windmill 

Wind-driven water desalination technology can be used for seawater, produced water, or brackish groundwater desalination. Hydraulic wind turbines with high conversion efficiency provide pressure for water desalination, and excess energy can be used for pumping the water, or for electricity generation. In addition, the system is able to run even in case of  insufficient wind, as power is provided by the generator.

This technology can also be implemented in different contexts, such as Construction camps, or remote areas that require fresh water.

FreshWaterMill

Desalination_FreshWaterMill
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SAFETY FOR YOUR PERSONNEL

Motion Compensated Gangways (Telescopic Access Bridges) | Modular walk-to-work solution available for purchase and rent

To transfer people and cargo safely and easily to and from an offshore structure, SMST has developed a range of motion compensated gangways: the movements of the gangways can be passively or actively compensated. All bridges can be deployed for cargo handling and are available for purchase or rent.

For safe and stepless transfer of people and cargo, the motion compensated gangway L series can be combined with SMST’s Access & Cargo Tower. This logistic solution integrates a bridge, tower and elevator system, enabling working on various heights in all kinds of weather conditions.

SMST offers worldwide service and availability for its equipment.

Motion Compensated Gangways | Telescopic Access Bridges

Motion Compensated Gangways Telescopic Access Bridges

 

 

ENERGY STORAGE


EnergyPod | The Transportable, autonomous energy container | Clean alternative to diesel gensets

The EnergyPod is a compact wind and solar-driven electrical generator that is durable, safe, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. With a footprint of only 7.5m2, this 100% renewable energy generator with a unique combination of Amphibious Energy’s patented Nautilus Offshore Wind Turbine, vertical orientated solar photovoltaic panels, and battery storage integrated with the container, therefore offering a unique all-in-one, plug and play unit. 

These electrical power generators are a sustainable alternative for diesel gensets while an Oil&Gas platform is in lighthouse mode. It fits perfectly in the ongoing energy transition and supports the cost reduction CoP OpEx drive (running at half the cost of an equivalent diesel genset) for the late life- cycle for offshore assets due to be decommissioned.

The self-sustainable unit includes remote monitoring of essential warning systems to ensure the fulfilment of the obstruction marking obligations for all offshore installations.

EnergyPod

EnergyPod


We hope you find these technologies amazing and possibly helpful to bring your business to the next level! Do you need further information on how to deploy these technologies? Drop us a message at info@technologycatalogue.com, we’ll be happy to guide you through it!

 

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